G-Technology and Gobbler Form Strategic Alliance

Empowering Audio Pros
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Joint Innovation Delivers Reliable, Time-Saving External Storage Solutions and Online Collaboration Tools for the Pro Audio Workflow;

Solutions Now Available at Sweetwater, Hal Leonard and Full Compass

HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC) today unveiled a strategic alliance between its G-Technology brand and Gobbler, a cloud collaboration platform for creatives. With a common goal of delivering innovative solutions for creative professionals, G-Technology and Gobbler are solving some of the most challenging issues with creative workflows by developing technology that melds highly reliable local storage with a cutting-edge collaboration platform designed with the pro-audio workflow in mind.

By having G-Technology drives paired with the Gobbler platform, audio creatives get the most sophisticated cloud collaboration tools combined with the speed and flexibility of G-Technology’s reliable, high-performance external storage solutions. Beginning today, customers who purchase select G-Technology external storage solutions at participating retailers and distributors, including Sweetwater, Hal Leonard and Full Compass, will receive a complimentary one-year Gobbler subscription.

“I've been using Gobbler on recent projects including U2 and OneRepublic and my mind has been blown at the speed and ease of file transfers. I wouldn't trust any other company to handle my collaboration,” said OneRepublic Frontman and Producer Ryan Tedder. “The partnership between Gobbler and G-Technology is going to be a game changer.”

“With our deep history in delivering premium storage solutions for the professional content creation market, we understand digital workflows, and there’s a clear need for simple local storage and cloud-based solutions to free up the content creator’s time,” said Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, HGST Innovative Solutions Group. “Through our relationships with music professionals like Steven Slate and Dave Pensado, it has become apparent that Gobbler is the go-to cloud solution for creative professionals. Together, we’re taking an evolutionary approach in delivering world-class storage and online collaboration tools specifically designed to meet the changing needs of the professional audio market.”

“Our mission is to make products that keep creatives focused on being creative. Our tools foster better communication and dead simple collaboration. We are going to eliminate the need to ever look in the finder for your work. With the launch of Gobbler 2.0 that’s what we intend to do,” said Chris Kantrowitz, CEO, Gobbler. “With G-Technology, we are providing artists and media creators with simple, yet powerful collaboration tools, which eliminate the pain of working in digital workflows. Working with a storage solutions innovator like HGST has opened our eyes up to the greatest possibilities imaginable.”

In addition to its strategic alliance with HGST, Gobbler is backed by venture capital firms ff Venture Capital, Anthem Ventures and DFJ Frontier, and a formidable group of music-business investors including Sir Elton John, John Legend, Jared Leto, Lukasz Gottwald (Dr. Luke), and Yoshiki (Lead of X Japan).

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G-Technology’s roots are deeply ingrained in delivering premium storage solutions for audio/video production, photography and the professional content creation market. From storing, transferring, editing and distributing content, G-Technology makes the workflow simpler, better and faster. G-Technology’s high-performance portable and desktop drives, flexible transfer/edit solutions and fast RAID systems are all built for professional content creation environments where performance and reliability are paramount. Because G-Technology holds itself to the highest standards, its products can be found in premier production and post-production facilities worldwide.

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About HGST
HGST is a wholly owned and independently operated subsidiary of Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC). HGST sets the pace for storage innovation in this evolving industry to help the world harness the power of data. HGST builds on its reputation for producing reliable HDDs and SSDs, and developing tighter integration with software to optimize storage efficiency and reliability in businesses around the world. Founded by the creators of hard drives, HGST serves a broad range of market segments, including enterprise, cloud, OEM, mobile, consumer electronics and personal storage. HGST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit www.hgst.com.

About Gobbler
Gobbler is the cloud collaboration platform for creatives. Gobbler allows creatives to efficiently collaborate on, manage, and organize their projects so that they can focus on their creative work. Gobbler works with all major DAW music software, freeing musicians and producers to focus on their music, not their files. The Gobbler community includes over 150,000 users in 120 countries, and includes some of the biggest names in music, such as Dr. Luke, John Legend, Jared Leto, and Ryan Tedder.

Founded by people who love music and technology, Gobbler pulls expertise from companies such as Google, Apple, Adobe, and Avid. Its world-class technology team has spent the last decade developing best-selling creative software and super-scaled cloud architectures.

Gobbler was founded in 2010 and is based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California.

Gobbler wants to change the world for artists. Join them at www.gobbler.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to expected demand for certain categories of HDD products and solutions. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, including the failure to accurately anticipate customers' changing needs and emerging technological trends; the possibility that competing technologies may be developed or brought to market that more successfully meet the needs of customers or are more widely accepted; changes in markets, demand or global economic conditions; and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time-to-time in Western Digital's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, to which your attention is directed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak as of the date hereof, and neither Western Digital nor HGST undertakes any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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